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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: Oct 3, 2007 1:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Last Time, I Promise...OK, now I've got it

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s call to suspend the private US military company Blackwater, after its guards shot dead 11 civilians in a Baghdad market square, put his fragile government in direct confrontation with the occupying forces.
Who will win the stand-off? In the last confrontation between the Iraqi government and mercenaries in 2005, the Americans lined their troops up on the side of the hired guns. Then, the newly-elected government had tried to evict the UK security firm Global from its contract guarding Baghdad International Airport. It said the company was too expensive and even stopped paying Global, which responded by closing the airport.

In most countries a group of privately-armed men shutting the airport of a capital city would be seen as a coup. Indeed, Iraq’s transport minister sent troops to retake control of the site and declared ‘this issue is related to Iraq’s sovereignty’. But US forces moved quickly to set up roadblocks to stop the Iraqi soldiers and defend the contractors...